Exotic Terminal Sighting

Can anyone identify these terminals? The orange keycaps on the one remind me of my ADDS Envoy, right down to the single yellow key in the upper left. The other terminal has a similar enclosure to the first, so my guess is that they are two different models from the same product line. If you recognize these, please post in the comments!

Jim Muth’s Fractal of the Day RSS Feed Enhanced

I’ve enhanced the Fractal of the Day RSS feed to include Jim Muth’s musings and a thumbnail of the rendered image in the description. The musings and thumbnails were always included in the browsable parsets, but having them included in the feed is also desirable, particularly since I am scraping through the ten year backlog of parsets and creating images in a non-predictable order.

Make:SLC Meeting on Wednesday, August 18th

The first meeting of Make:SLC will take place at 7PM on Wednesday, August 18th at the Electroregeneration Society warehouse—555 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT (Map). Feel free to come on by and join the gang.

Radio Teletypewriter AN/GRC-46

Teletypes are an interesting bridge between typewriters and computer terminals. They’re more electromechanical in nature than electronic and they make a great amount of noise when they’re operating. The military used lots of teletype gear and this instructional film talks about a radio teletypewriter unit.

Utah Fall Code Camp on Sept. 25th, 2010

Utah Fall Code Camp on September 25th, 2010. I’ve submitted several sessions to the organizers: one on using DirectWrite in C# with SlimDX, an enhanced version of my talk on internet enabled applications for Windows Phone 7 and an updated version of the “You Can Test Anything!” session that Zhon Johansens and I delivered at AgileRoots 2010.

Vintage Round-Up

Don Tuite writes the article “Farewell, CRTs…” in electronic design about the disappearance of CRTs. Apparently the last major market for new CRTs is for televisions in India and soon that too will be displaced by the LCD/LED flatpanel screen. Among vintage computer collectors there is already some nostalgia for CRT monitors instead of LCD monitors. Personally I think LCD monitors have gotten good enough in terms of contrast, response time and other characteristics that I don’t mind then anymore. I have some large 19" and 21" SGI monitors in my collection and I know they are becoming scarce. They’re big, heavy, difficult to ship, and only weird vintage computer collectors are interested in them. In most localities you have to pay to have the CRTs recycled.

Some video game dudes have rigged up a car driving video game with a twist. Instead of driving a virtual car down a virtual track, you drive a model car from the perspective of the driving seat down a physical track constructed out of cardboard. Check out their video mashup.

Meanwhile, I finally got around to taking some pictures of the warehouse where my vintage computing collection is stored. Things are in a state of disarray right now because I am organizing my friend’s arcade game collection and things are temporarily stored in my area to make space. However, you can get an eyefull of my “wall of sgi” machines as well as a glimpse into the large serial terminal collection I’ve amassed.